October 29, 2017

Claim: My govt has saved Rs 57,000 crore of public money from middlemen through DBT. This is one of the reasons corrupt parties hate me: PM Modi

Fact: Contested. The government claimed to have saved Rs 57,029 crore (cumulatively) ending March 2017, according to its direct benefit transfer dashboard (archived version). However, the savings through DBT have been contested.

Link: https://twitter.com/BJP4India/status/924885501953302528

Explanation: Of the amount saved, ending March 2017, Pratyaksh Hanstantrit Labh (PAHAL) or Direct Benefit transfer of LPG (DBTL) accounted for over 50% of the DBT savings.

The government’s estimates of savings do not stand up to scrutiny, and whatever is termed as savings is often the result of a denial of legal entitlements, Reetika Khera, economist, IIM-Ahmedabad, wrote in December 2017, as FactChecker reported on November 9, 2018.

The estimated subsidy savings from PAHAL scheme in 2015-16 were Rs 4,813 crore and not Rs 9,211 crore as predicted by the petroleum and natural gas ministry, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s (CAG) 2016 report, ‘Implementation of PAHAL (DBTL) Scheme’, FactChecker reported on October 31, 2017.